The Chicago Sun Times gave us some startling numbers this week: In all of Cook County, there were nearly 6,000 traffic fatalities between 1994 and 2008. A third of traffic deaths were linked to drinking and driving. MADD’s statistics show that half of those involved in drunken driving accidents have never been stopped or arrested before for DUI. That’s a lot of deaths, directly due to first time charged drunk driving.
Hopefully, increased education and law enforcement will continue to work on these numbers. The numbers suggest problems that law enforcement and maybe the legislature will have to further address. In Minnesota, this would require another look at the joint and several laws. When the recent law was revised, bars were granted reduced liability when they serve a drunk and the drunk causes a tragedy. It’s time that the law change be revisited.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.